Ubisoft pledges half a million euros to Notre-Dame Cathedral reconstruction, gives away free games

    
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In the wake of the tragic fire that caused extensive damage to the historic Notre-Dame Cathedral earlier this week, Ubisoft is stepping forward to lend financial aid to the restoration efforts for the iconic Parisian landmark.

The Paris-based studio announced in a statement today that it will be donating €500,000 (about $565,000 US) to the reconstruction and restoration of the Cathedral. Ubisoft’s donation will add to the more than $700 million that has already been pledged by sympathetic donors across the globe following French President Emmanuel Macron’s impassioned plea to the international community to unite in the efforts to restore the historically significant medieval cathedral.

Although primarily known within the MMO industry as the developer of The Division and its sequel, Ubisoft is perhaps best known as the developer of the popular stealth-action Assassin’s Creed series, which is of particular relevance due to the inclusion of a faithful recreation of Notre-Dame de Paris in 2014’s Assassin’s Creed Unity. Because of this, the studio is giving away free copies of the game “to give everyone the chance to experience the majesty and beauty of Notre-Dame.”

“Video games can enable us to explore places in ways we never could have otherwise imagined,” the studio’s statement reads. “We hope, with this small gesture, we can provide everyone an opportunity to appreciate our virtual homage to this monumental piece of architecture.”

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Toy Clown

It broke my heart to watch the burning of such an iconic place, but I’m happy to see so many putting a financial effort forth to see it’s rebuilding. Awesome sauce, Ubisoft!

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Leyaa1

It would be very sad if the Notre Dame is destroyed. I appreciate the nice gesture of Ubisoft and giving out AC:Unity for free is a nice bonus to the players.

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Ririrawr

this is legit cool and touching

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Sashaa

Merci beaucoup.

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rafael12104

Good for Ubi. AC Unity was not a great game, but that’s not the point. Ubi is giving something back. They put donated big money and the opportunity to see the cathedral again.

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Peregrine Falcon

You can’t download Assassin’s Creed Unity for free from Steam or from the Uplay Launcher. The only way to download it for free is to go here:

https://news.ubisoft.com/en-us/article/348227/Supporting-Notre-Dame-de-Paris

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BalsBigBrother

You can get it via the Uplay launcher if you look in the store section its listed as 100% discount.

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BalsBigBrother

I derped and forgot the picture

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Peregrine Falcon

I fired up the Uplay Launcher and searched for Assassin’s Creed Unity and it showed me nothing. No idea why. But that’s why I searched for another way to download it.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Region issue? I had to make a $0.00 purchase. I just chose Paypal and it skipped the actual checkout.

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Mewmew

After you start UPlay, click “Games”, scroll down under the list of “My Games” to the part that says “Free Games” and you can claim it there.

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Mewmew

So yeah he can’t edit this post anymore, but this isn’t true :D You can claim it from the Uplay Launcher.

After starting the Uplay Launcher, press the “Games” button up top (that usually shows what games you own). Scroll down under “My Games” and there is a section called “Free Games”. You can claim it there.

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3dom

Them leaving Steam is a huge mistake. I cannot even claim a free game on their buggy site and launcher – let alone purchase anything.

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Nynja Squirrelle

Works fine for me. Perhaps it’s a PICNIC issue? (Problem In Chair, Not In Computer)

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Leyaa1

I disagree that leaving steam was a big mistake. Valve is learning now in the hard way that publishers dont have to tolerate their pricing policy. In my opinion, Epic Store is equally bad (maybe not for publishers, but for customers) and i will never buy from it, but at least something is finally shaking up the market.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

A lovely gesture.

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Jeremy Barnes

Wow. That is really crass of them to give Assassin’s Creed Unity to people in the wake of a tragedy. No one should have to endure that.

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Sorenthaz

Unity is actually a good game though? The technical flaws they had at launch were fixed up and I’ve been playing it just fine without issues that aren’t inherent to the AC series.

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Jeremy Barnes

The characters were bland, it was a weak story, it had an abundance of “follow” missions beyond the other games in the series, the upgrading/hideout/whatever you want to call it portion of the game was pointless, and the cloud save bug that can delete your save exists to this very moment. You also have French characters who don’t have French accents. The combat also lot a bunch of stuff I found fun like using the hidden blade, counter combos, kill chains, stealing enemy weapons removed.

We’ll have to agree to disagree on this one as my opinion is that is one of the worst entries in the series if not the worst.

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rafael12104

The bugs literally killed the game. For a while, it couldn’t be finished.

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Bruno Brito

Man, this was a great joke, but it was too soon.

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Utakata

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Sorenthaz

Classy move from them. Unity is a really fun game IMO after they fixed up the initial woes it had. Hopefully that’ll mean it’s easier to find peeps for co-op missions for a time.